How to take and draft a compelling witness statement

The tactical, practical and legal considerations in witness statements

Level: Introductory/Intermediate

15 November 2019, 9.30am registration (9.45am start) – 1.00pm (followed by lunch) Freeths, Nottingham (NO VCE)

Presented by Freeths

Course overview

This course provides a greater understanding of how to draft compelling witness statements to ensure that facts relevant to the case are sufficiently laid out. The benefits of attending the course include understanding how to best draw out relevant information from witnesses, what to focus on in a witness statement, how to set out the relevant facts and how to make the statement work tactically for your case. Delegates will also learn to avoid procedural and professional pitfalls

Suitable audience:

This course is ideal for solicitors and in-house counsel as well as those regularly involved in the preparation of witness statements

Overview and topics to be covered include:

• Content of witness statements
• Rules and principles relating to witness statements
• Interviewing a witness
• Practical exercises and feedback on drafting witness statements

Duration: Half a day (3 training hours) including lunch

Interactive elements

Delegates will have the opportunity to participate in forum theatre and discussion and put into practice what they have learnt by extracting relevant information from a client’s instructions


This course will cover:

A Ethics professionalism and judgement
B Technical legal practice
B4 Draft documents
C Working with other people
C1 Communicate clearly and effectively
D Managing themselves and their own work

Presenter profiles:

Arshia Hashmi is a Solicitor-Advocate, with over 9 years’ experience in the legal field including litigation, personal injury and immigration. Arshia trained to be a barrister prior to cross-qualifying as a solicitor. She has recently achieved her Higher Rights of Audience, permitting her to represent clients in the senior courts in the UK, including the Administrative Courts, High Court and Court of Appeal. She brings a wealth of experience in undertaking her own advocacy to the First and Upper Tribunal in immigration appeal cases.

Within her practice at Freeths LLP, she specialises in all areas of Immigration and Asylum law and represents individual and corporate clients, running cases from initial instructions to conclusion.

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If you would like to send a list of registrants, please email Julie.Scheller@freeths.co.uk.